12.6 C
Byron Shire
April 20, 2021

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Latest News

No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

Other News

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Sprout lovers

Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!

Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of 1–2 May 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences; being jam-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Re-watching ‘Kick-Ass’ recently, it occurred to me that the violence being jokily disparaged by director Matthew Vaughn was, in fact, the selling point of the movie.

His latest offering leaves the same aftertaste.

This is a difficult film to categorise, for if it is meant to be a spoof it is virtually laughless, but if it is to be taken seriously it is infuriatingly self-conscious.

Constant references to James Bond are made, presumably for those numbskulls that don’t get it to begin with, but a tongue-in-cheek approach loses its wry humour if it needs to be spelt out – unless Vaughn is conceding that his core audience is essentially dumb.

The goal of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), a toffy-nosed spy in a Savile Row suit (it looks tight around the waist to me) is to usher into the Service Eggsy (Taron Egerton), the East End bad boy whose father died saving Harry’s life.

The villain in the piece is Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a megalomaniac out of the same mould as Blofeld, Le Chiffre or any of Ian Fleming’s creations. His assistant, Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), is a raven-haired hornbag with artificial legs, like Oscar Pistorius’s, with which she slices up her opponents (a nod to Oddjob). The story is Flemingesque, too – and topical.

Valentine, convinced that the planet is dying as a result of mankind’s environmentally catastrophic activities, is plotting to solve the problem with a worldwide population cull.

Having made his vast fortune through the manufacture of computer software, he will distribute, free of charge, sim-cards programmed to cast their holders into a homicidal rage when Valentine ficks the switch. It’s the task of the Kingsman agents to stop this happening.

Firth, now content to wallow in self-parody, is drearily suave, Michael Caine is similarly unenthused as the M character, Egerton tries hard but is nondescript, while Jackson, not surprisingly, is the life of the party.

In the end, a miss is as good as a mile and, though promising much, this is just high-gloss dross.

~ John Campbell

Previous articleWatch out Simon and Garfunkel
Next articleMr. Turner

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration of women and protection of...

An insult, Poppa

From what I can understand, Poppa Veet Mayo’s letter seems to imply that this latest COVID scare is a government conspiracy (yes, another one). To...

Upgrades for Lighthouse Parade in Ballina

One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon.